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Roasted Baby Eggplant

Tweet Roasted, stuffed, grilled and fried, are just some of the methods Italians (particularly southern Italians and Sicilians) use to turn this versatile vegetable into a vast variety of dishes. The smaller, baby eggplants of summer are the perfect side-dish for picnics and potlucks or simply to enjoy al fresco at home. Our recent trip […]

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Peach Bellini

Tweet Venice, Italy, considered by many to be one of the most romantic cities in the world and a favorite honeymoon destination, is where my husband, Jack and I spent a very special anniversary. The typical crowds of the tourist season were long gone, the streets were practically deserted and even the neighborhood bars and […]

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Peach & Prosciutto Bruschetta

Tweet   My inspiration for this bruschetta (singular) comes from the “small bites” of Italy, known as merenda. The nourishing small meals are defined by the season and since July is the season for peaches, it seemed a good place to start. Last weekend we took a drive to our local U-Pick Farm and we […]

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Vanilla Olive Oil Pound Cake with Roasted Rosemary Grapes

Tweet Pound cake has been around for a very long time, as the original recipe dates back to the early 1700’s. The cake was called pound cake because the only ingredients were one pound of flour, one pound of sugar, one pound of butter and one pound of eggs … that’s a lot of cake! […]

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Scorzette di Arancia

Tweet If you can peel an orange and boil water you can make candied orange peel! I feel very fortunate to have several citrus trees in my yard and I take full advantage of the bountiful harvest. There’s something special about picking fruit fresh off the tree to enjoy on a moments notice and I […]

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Brown Butter Fig Biscotti

Tweet Toasting the almonds and browning the butter is the key to what gives these nutty, buttery cookies their depth of flavor and richness. Sometimes I add a smear of mascarpone and a dab of fig jam. This is my favorite “breakfast” biscotti!       Ingredients: 9 Tablespoons ¬†butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup […]

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Poached Figs with Ricotta

Tweet I have said many times that dishes do not have to be difficult to prepare nor costly to be delicious. A simple bowl of poached dried figs nestled on a cloud of luscious, creamy, ricotta is richly satisfying. Served warm, this is a comforting dessert on a chilly winter evening. And paired with a […]

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Tweet This is a simple pasta dish that can be ready in the time it takes for the spaghetti to cook. The original Roman version uses guanciale (cured pork jowl), Pecorino-Romano cheese and raw eggs. You may substitute pancetta (Italian bacon) or bacon for the pork and Parmigiano Reggiano for the the Pecorino. By mixing […]

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Eggs in Purgatory

Tweet Because the eggs are cooked in a hot and spicy tomato sauce, this Italian dish is known as Uova in Purgatorio. The intensity level can range from mildly spicy to … hot as hell. My recipe is full of flavor with (to suit my family’s taste) just the right amount of heat. Rather than […]

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Toasted Almond Breakfast Cake

Tweet As a rule, when a recipe calls for toasted nuts, it really is non-negotiable. Toasting intensifies their nutty flavor and whether the nuts are whole, sliced or slivered, you can taste the difference! If I only needed a small amount to sprinkle on a salad or use as a garnish, I would toast them […]

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